The 25th anniversary production of Jerker, or the Helping Hand: A Pornographic Elegy with Redeeming Social Value and a Hymn to the Queer Men of San Francisco in Twenty Phone Calls, Many of them Dirty opens Friday, November 4, 2011 for a limited run at Space 916 in Hollywood. Produced by Jason Moyer and directed by Glenn Kessler, the cast of Jerker will feature (in alphabetical order) Corey-Adam Affron, Gregory Allen, Gregory Barnett, Ben Cuevas, Parnell Damone, Sammy Murrian, andMike Rose.
“Jerker takes place in the early 1980s, and traces the relationship that develops between a disabled Vietnamveteran (J.R.) and a businessman (Bert). Although they “meet” only through a series of telephone calls, they grow from being phone sex buddies to caring friends. The play runs the gamut from erotic to emotionally-charged. The term “Jerker” is an amalgam of masturbation and tear jerker. Chesley wrote the play because he believed it was of vital importance to fight the stigma against sex that AIDS had created, and to remove the mark of shame from which gay men suffer.
“The original production of Jerker premiered at Celebration Theatre on October 24, 1986 under the direction of Michael Kearns, and featured David Stebbins and Joe Fraser in the two lead roles. Since that time, the play has come to be considered one of the most important pieces of gay theatre ever created.”
Jerker opens 8 p.m. Friday, November 4 and performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday through November 20. Admission is $20. Call 323-418-2583 or visit www.jerker25.com.
Space 916 is located at 916 Formosa Avenuein Hollywood, 90046.
Adult themes, not recommended for children.
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